Tassels

Nearing the end of Tailored Buttonholes, Buttons, and Trimmings. Out of knots at any rate, and on to something I HAVE made before: Tassels. Tassels are pretty easy to make. Start with a template, which is easily created out of cardboard. I pulled a box tab of an Amazon order and drew my template on that.

Template created

Template created

For a 5” long tassel, I made my template 4” on the sides, up at an angle 1”, then across the top and bottom. The quickest tassels are made using embroidery floss, which comes handily in 6 thread strands and make for very full tassels. Wrap the floss around the template until you have a tassel size you like.

Wrapping the tassel

Wrapping the tassel

Once you are happy with the thickness of your tassel, take a loop of string and slide it under the short end of the template, catching the top of the loops and tying a knot. Cut the tassel free at the wide bottom edge.

Steps three and four

Steps three and four

Take the original floss and wrap it multiple times around the entire tassel about 1/2” from the tied off loop at the top. Once you’re sure the wrap is snug you can either tie it off or cut a tail, thread it through a darning needle, and loop it back through the wrap to hang free as another thread in the tassel.

wrap and tie off.

wrap and tie off.

If the tassel is kind of flying away, which it might be, you can iron it or smooth the tassel with water, which is what I did on the video. And voila! Tassel complete. Make however many more you need for your project.